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October 23, 2020updated Dec 22, 2020

Honorable Gems: Sustainable and Ethical Jewelry

Many jewelers employ their own practices to ensure the highest possible sustainable and ethical standards.

By Samantha Coles

The jewelry world is no stranger to sustainable, ethical practices. The Kimberley Process prevents conflict diamonds from entering the mainstream rough diamond market, and 82 countries, including the US, are currently participating. The Responsible Jewellery Council (RJP) has been operating since 2005 and sets the sustainable and ethical standard for jewelry and watch supply chains. You can rest assured that the majority of your favorite jewelers will be members of such organizations, but many employ their own practices. Chopard’s trailblazing ‘Journey to Sustainability Luxury’ is in its eighth year now, and focuses on protecting and preserving the Earth from which it sources raw materials. Pippa Small is a Canadian designer who champions handcrafted, ethically sourced jewelry and has quite the cult following.

Milamore Self Love Collection classic diamond necklace, $2,400,

Lebrusan Studio Altair full microset ethical ring in champagne diamond and 18K Fairtrade Gold, $1,919,

Hemmerle earrings with diamonds, petrified corals, bronze, white gold, Hemmerle in Munich, +49 892 422 600,

Boucheron Pompon necklace in pink gold with 32 square diamonds, 15 baguette diamonds, 451 brown round diamonds, $123,000, Saks Fifth Avenue (The Vault) in New York, +1 212 753 4000,

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Shahla Karimi Chrysler Ring No. 3 in 14K yellow gold with white diamonds, $3,690,

Hamilton & Inches Hammered cut in 22K Scottish Gold, $14,075, Hamilton & Inches in Edinburgh, +44 131 255 4898,

Chopard Happy Hearts Golden Hearts earrings in 18K ethical rose gold with four dancing diamonds totaling .20 carats, $13,800, Chopard Boutiques, +1 800 CHOPARD,

Kimberly McDonald Signature irregular shape and size diamond hoops set in 18K rose gold, $65,070,

Harry Winston Winston Gates bracelet with 29 round brilliant cut diamonds set in 18K yellow gold, $4,700, +1 800 988 4110,

Pippa Small 18K gold sapphire four row blush ring, $2,200,

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